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Pat Riley’s goal for Heat: 10-year run at top

Apr 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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When we think of the NBA in the 1960s we think of Bill Russell and the Celtics. In the 1980s it was the Lakers and Celtics in the Magic vs. Bird era. The 1990s are all Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

Those teams didn’t win every year (well, the Russell Celtics pretty much did) but they dominated their era with largely the same core of players.

That’s what Pat Riley wants for the Miami Heat, he told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.

“I want to keep bringing in pieces that are going to complement them and hope we can have one of those 10-year rides,” Riley said. “You think about every team, the Celtics in the 60s, the Lakers in the 80s, the Bulls (in the 90s) and then again the Spurs, those guys have been together for eight, nine, 10 years. If we can keep this group together for eight, nine, 10 years, we’re all going to have some fun. Don’t ever take it for granted. This is a special time.”

The key is bringing in pieces and helping the team evolve. Look at those 1980s Lakers that always had Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but started with Jamaal Wilkes and Norm Nixon, brought in James Worthy, and by they started A.C. Green and had Mychal Thompson coming off the bench. If a roster is stagnant it dies, you need to evolve as the Spurs have done with their role players.

It’s just a whole lot harder to do in a salary cap era. We’ll see if the Heat can get and keep enough young legs to go around their core as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in particular start to show age. But the bottom line is this era can last as long as LeBron James stays in Miami and healthy.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Please. They have this year and next with this core. It isn’t sustainable beyond that. Everyone else is realistic with their three-year windows (Lakers, Knicks, Thunder). Too many variables in personnel decision-making to think this way, although it is wise to at least set that goal.

    • powerpc20 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      And you know more about it than Pat Riley. Ok. Gotcha. What team do you work for again?

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Pat Riley is the smartest man in basketball. That is why the Heat are where they are at. Don’t you forget it either

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        He is a smart man, I agree. You, not so much!

      • fanofevilempire - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        I guess the players are just there to parade around the court while
        the fans watch Riles in his usual seat.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Canton, I’ll make you deal. Disappear from any article that mentions the Heat so you can spare your usual drivel and I won’t comment on any Cavs articles. Oh that’s right. You are a Knicks fan. That’s ten times worse…for you!

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        I’ll make you deal???? Learn to speak before you try to start up a conversation, Moron!

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Learn to speak? You are being spoken to you idiot. These are the kinda things that happen when you don’t pay attention. Like being a pathetic excuse for a human

      • badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        no, according to Shaq the year , after they won the title. When Wade got hurt, Shaq whinned that Riley had chumps and losers for his team mates when the Heat nosedived. Riley is smart but I think the Spurs have the best front office and one of the better owners in the NBA. 4 titles and many Western finals in the last 10 years bore this out.
        I ask, would you really go on a Carnival cruise ship owned by the Heat owner Mickey Arison ? I think not.

    • cwilson6843 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Mr wright i hate you hater. Why is a Knicks fan the first to comment on a heat blog? Why are u on every single heat blog I’m gettin tired of seeing your name and your pathetic attempts to make the sorry Knicks sound like a threat for the title. Please go find a Knicks blog homie

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Maybe you should listen to Mr. Wright, you may learn something. It’s funny Heat fans hear a fact from someone that isn’t flattering & they call it hate. Bandwagoners being bandwagoners, I guess.

  2. cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Please… Keep dreaming Pat the rat. Remember Stern is retiring soon.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      War does Stern have to do with anything? Oh right, you think everyone in the NBA is on the Heat’s side. Why even bother watching or commenting as much as you do? Self loathing? Actually that sounds about right for a Knicks fan

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Spell check, dummy!

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        I didn’t spell anything wrong dummy. War is the word my iPad chose for me instead of saying what at the beginning and I missed it when I hit post comment. Are you done playing in traffic for the day or just waiting for rush hour?

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        That’s what happens when you buy a fake iPad. I don’t have that problem, just morons like you that get duped.

    • powerpc20 - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      You mean sorta how like Knick fans are dreaming that Dolan will sell the team? Not sure how Stern retiring would make any difference in any of this when his hand-picked successor Adam Silver is taking over. The only deterrence to Miami keeping its stars is if Micky is willing to pay the luxury tax. And all indications are that if it keeps them winners, he will.

      • fanofevilempire - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        those guys don’t even have 10 year contracts and Wade looks like
        he has bad wheels again.

  3. gmsingh - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Man, they must have good drugs in Miami.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      And hot women, beaches, things to see, places to go, good drinks, good food and did I mention hot women? Oh yeah and the defending champions of the NBA!

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Like you have any chance with a hot woman

      • gmsingh - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        Correct–the fix is in, courtesy of David Stern.

  4. themagicfanguy - Apr 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Smartest man in basketball, lol. He never said he knew more than Riley. Did you never think that Riley is simply lying? What’s he supposed to say?
    The Heat can possibly keep their big three players together, I think. They’ll have to be very cheap on the surrounding cast, might be difficult some years to keep the same caliber role players they have now(Allen, Chalmers, Battier, Haslam, Cole, Miller, and Lewis).

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      All those guys are playing for the league minimum or there abouts minus Miller who has an awful contract. Riley’s genius is that people want to play for him and the Heat because of the weather, the past history and the loyalty being a member of the Heat brings

  5. lakerluver - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I respect Riles, mainly for the work he did with the LAKERS…however, this is the dumbest most arrogant statement I’ve heard since “not 1, not 2, not 3…….A
    10 year run, huh? And clueless bandwagon Heat “fans” will jump all over this load of “stuff” Even an imbecile like paulhargis53 realizes the absurdity in all of this. Whatever, Riles, wake me when the Heat win 3 titles. I’ll give them two, but that’s about it.

    • powerpc20 - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      We’ll be sure to wake you next summer when the Heat win their 3rd straight. We know you’ll be asleep, if not dead by self-hanging, after another bust of a Lakers season and subsequent Mamba retirement. Actually, scratch that… we won’t wake you so we don’t have to hear from you.

    • miamatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      “Luve” watching you turn on one of your own.

      Why wouldn’t Riley have a decade run as a goal? Should he put a finite window out there? How many years in a row have the Spurs won at least 50 games? 10 or so? How long ago was Tim Duncan “washed up”? Yeah, totally impossible to imagine James being able to contribute on a contender into his late 30s. And Miami couldn’t possibly convince another young star to join James at some point, could they? I mean, why would a young star want to play in a destination city in a tax-free state with the best player of this generation?

      Also hilarious to watch to make further and further concessions. First, it’s never gonna work in Miami. Then, the “Heatles” are one-hit wonders. Now, “I’ll give them two but that’s it”. PATHETIC.

      • powerpc20 - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        And you know that when it gets to 4, they’ll say, “Oh well Kobe has 5.” Then when it’s 5, it’ll be, “MJ has 6.” And so on and so on. Heat haters love to pick on LeBron’s “Not 5, not 6, not 7” comment so much but they don’t realize he didn’t mean it as a joke.

  6. kb2408 - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    I guess it’s always nice to have goals. My goal is to sleep with ten super models. I have about as much of a chance of accomplishing that as the Heatles have of competing for ten years.

  7. eugenesaxe - Apr 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    10 years is a bit silly to even consider, given the economics of the game now. But have fun trying.

  8. nycalldayz - Apr 8, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I don’t see how that is possible especially with the new CBA rules. Sure they have guys on discounts, but after 2014, how long will that last? Good luck selling that argument to guys like Chalmers, Cole, Haslem and others. They’ll like have 2 or 3 rings after 2014 and I’m sure by then they’ll be chasing green instead of gold. Today’s NBA players are about money not so much winning. With the new CBA rules some guys will be looking to get paid.

  9. e39er - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Impossible……championship teams rarely last more than 5 years….I don’t care about the new CBA or not, skill level isn’t there in 5 years much less 10…..find me a Ray Allen in 5 years first…..there are none

  10. cwilson6843 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Yall are idiots. Riley is not sayin they will win 10 rings in the next 10 years. He’s simply saying he wants the heat to be a force for the next 10 years which is definitely a possible goal. Its simple, if you lose a player then u replace him. Like he said the spurs has been a force for the last 10 years because they are able to get more solid role players. And Riley has a way of getting people in Miami so its not imposssible

    • jrose606 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      the first intelligent comment! The clubs he references in the quote were dominant teams for around 10 year stretches. They didn’t win ten consecutively.

    • miamatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      @cwilson: Spot on.

  11. cwilson6843 - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    And what makes the heat a special team is they are one of the only groups in the nba that are not worried about the money. You can tell this group is having the time of there life winning together. Big ups to the heat man keep grinding fellas. Nevermind the haters they will be on your side soon enough

  12. cwilson6843 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Shutup nycalldayz go do some more research on Google hater

  13. cwilson6843 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    And i love how laker fans call heat fans bandwagoners lol. Cracks me up everytime

    • badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      Laker fans are now Clipper bandwagoners. And Magic fans are justas frustrated as Cav fans.
      This message has been approved by Dan Gilbert.

    • loungefly74 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      i dont think the Laker fans on PBT are bandwagoners, dude. But, hey, i grew up in cali…it’s my birthright to be a Laker fan…

      Heat? come on, man…hardly anybody liked the Heat several years ago.

  14. loungefly74 - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    with Lebron…all is possible.

    hey, its cool for the GM to be optimistic. he should be!

  15. cwilson6843 - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    I mean there’s also the clippers and warriors. Why are u a Lakers fan? Because of Kobe or the history of the team right? Which technically makes u a bandwagoner. I’m actually a LeBron fan and many can vouch for me. I didn’t like basketball until i started watching him. So he’s basically the reason why i got into basketball and the history of the nba. Before i was just a die hard football/raiders fan. So plz explain why u are a Lakers fan I’m very curious

  16. miamatt - Apr 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Nothing wrong with thinking big.

    GO HEAT!

  17. themagicfanguy - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    @Jimmy Oh, just shut up. Those players I listed play for the Heat because of Lebron and Lebron only. Spare me the weather, past history, loyalty rewards BS because that’s what it is. You act like every other NBA team plays in the arctic circle or something, and you forget that most of Miami is a dump and blows. ORL, San Antonio, PHX, L. A., ATL, Houston, Dallas, and San Francisco are all NBA cities with similar and in some cases BETTER weather.

  18. themagicfanguy - Apr 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    @miamatt No. What’s PATHETIC is that just about three/four seasons ago you were a Magic fan because the Heat were horrible.

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